Saturday, 31 December 2016

Monochrome Rose: A Pink Dream Tram by Pipilotti Rist

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Close your eyes for a second and imagine your city. Think of everything that belongs to the place from the gray streets full of black, red and blue cars to the flashy signs of shops, numerous people hurrying from A to B, passing yellow crosswalks and gray buildings under a light blue sky. Now think which colour you saw the least often!

Maybe orange, or purple? But wait, no: It was pink, right? Possibly there was a little girl with a pink unicorn balloon or maybe you even imagined me entering a beauty store, but I bet there was little or even no pink in your imaginative city. Pink, the colour we connect with feminity, the innocence of childhood and unconditional love is almost not present in the daily life of most people. Isn't that a quite sad thought?

At least when you live in Geneva, this might not be true anymore: Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist designed a train that is pink from the outside and inside. 250 kg of colour were required to realize the Monochrome Rose project. The tram is part of the project art&tram, which aims to make art part of urban life. Pipilotti Rist says that the tram has "emerged from taking an exquisite bath in a sea of colour, with the drops of pigment still dripping over the whole of its body."

The inauguration of the tram was about two weeks ago, and I was very honoured to be part of it. I have always loved the art of Pipilotti Rist with its winking humour, strong sensuality, uncompromising boldness and exuberant feminity.

I remembered how I encountered her work for the first time in my first year at art school. I admired the classical paintings in a museum for their virtuosity and craftmanship, but somehow something was missing that depressed me: Colours and quirkiness. But then I discovered a quite tiny screen in a corner playing video art: "I'm not the girl who misses much" sang a hypnotical, female Mickey Mouse voice through the speakers. I was fascinated and drawn to it like the moth to the light; I thought: No, I indeed don't miss much, not anymore, while I was overwhelmed by a wave of colour coming into my life through Pipilotti's work. This installation was one brick stone in a wall of events convincing me of the necessity of a life in bright, vivid colours. Yes to embracing rainbows, yes to pink!

Finally, so many years later I finally encountered the woman behind the art that inspired me since then and I loved the energy radiating from her and that she obviously doesn't take herself too serious. Pipilotti kissed my hand and went to her knees in fron of me, I don't know how I survived this moment without fainting...

Being in the all pink tram was like a dream for me, and I am convinced Barbarella would trade her spaceship for Pipilotti's tram. It's like a break from your usual life when you enter the pink, playful world, a place which is cheerful, filled with positive emotions and where pink is the new black. You could see it as the fearless grown up version of being inside the whale in the story of Pinocchio.

When the doors after a ride open and you have to disembark, you will regret leaving this pink paradise and secretly wish on your next journey the pink beauty might pick you up once again. At least I have a lot of souvenirs from this day, because all Swiss newspapers printed the picture of Pipiotti and me in the tram to remember the best pink day of 2016.

Pictures: Ela Brettle/Lovely Sara

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Lovely Giveaway: UE Boom 2

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Wow, we made it: Christmas is here, and this means it's part of my fourth giveaway as well. You can go back to your cookies in a minute. First, you should all enter!

Since Christmas is also the time of music, one lucky winner will get a UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker to listen to the best tunes whenever and wherever. Forget about your family recorder concerto, this is where the music plays!

The UE Boom 2 is a 360-degree wireless Bluetooth speaker for crispy sound with a deep, powerful bass. You can take it with you wherever you go. It's even waterproof, has a Siri and Google Now voice integration and last but not least it looks just great.

How to win
Just follow the options in the Rafflecopter below and tell me in a comment which Christmas song is your all-time favourite. The giveaway is open worldwide and ends on the 12th January 2017.

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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Stop Making Me Hard Molly Goddard

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It was love at first sight when I saw this coat from Kenzo x H&M showroom a while ago, and it was very hard to leave without it. I did something I rarely do anymore: I queued and queued and queued for it, without even the slightest blogger bonus. I ended up having a lot of fun with two quirky Indonesian ladies in the middle of the night, shared my excitement with a lot of other fashion addicts, and I feel like I truly earned wearing my shaggy tiger.

I got up at five o'clock in the morning and was in front of the shop shortly after six, everybody who knows me better can tell what a sacrifice this is for me: I am no morning person at all, and before ten you better don't talk to me about serious things. I know the whole Kenzo x H&M hype is already over, but there is a difference: Me and this coat, it's no hype, it's true love. I wouldn't have been tempted just by the big name, but I was by the wild designs and the bright colours.

Not the coldest winter can harm me when I wear this coat. Usually, I am a little bit reluctant to shoot pictures in winter, but hey: All I needed to change my mind was a proper coat. I can even go out with bare legs (sorry Mama I know you will call me and tell me I should wear something longer). 

The only thing you can do when you wear one of House of Holland's provocative slogan T-shirts is to combine it with bare flesh for sure. My legs might never beat Agyness Deyn wearing one of those shirts when they first dropped, but who cares!

Just stop making me hard Molly Goddard! 
(I am coming for your clothes soon, take care.)

How do you like this look lovelies and for which dream piece would you stand the queue?

My Outfit:
Coat: Kenzo x H&M, T-shirt: House of Holland, Trousers: H&M, Shoes: Ego, Bag: Marc B,
Pompom Keyring: Kurt Geiger, Gloves: Vintage, Sunglasses: Vow, Tights: H&M

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Lovely Giveaway: The cutest computer mouse on the planet from Logitech

Round three of my Christmas giveaways:-D Today we will have not one, but two lucky winners, each of you getting a Logitech Play mouse in a cool cocktail or melon design. 

The Logitech Play is a Bluetooth mouse compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux and, therefore, the ideal playmate for every fashionista. Thanks to the scroll wheel you can fly through websites and with very long-lasting batteries (one lasts for up to 12 months) the fun almost never stops.

I got my Logitech Play a year ago, and it's the best helper to work on blog posts. Besides, it's functional benefits, it always brightens up my desk and that's what I would like to bring to your home too with this giveaway. Therefore: Good luck!

How to win
Just follow the options in the Rafflecopter below and let me know if you prefer the melon or the cocktail design. The giveaway is open worldwide and ends on the 2. January 2017. If you mention the secret word hidden in the second image, you can gain an extra entry.

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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Lovely Gift Ideas: Beauty

Here comes more help for gift ideas and because beauty gifts are very popular among all girls, I share my favourites with you, all freshly spotted in the shops.

  1) Ted Baker Manicure Set: Spending time with doing your nails is fun with pretty tools!
  2) Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer: THE beauty gift of 2016 will make eyes & hair shine alike.
  3) Angel Hair Brush: The perfect brush for Barbie-lovers and kawaii girls.
  4) Benefit Gift Set: Everything you need for long lashes, rosy cheeks and smooth skin.
  5) Perfume Caban by YSL: The sensual aroma of pink pepper, rose & tonka bean is just wow.
  6) Mac Travel Brush Set: Probably the cutest travel brush set I've ever seen.
  7) Perfume Voulez Vous Coucher Avec Moi by Kilian: That Scent, that name, that clutch...
  8) Herbivore Lapis Face Oil: This oil reduces redness & clarifies the complexion.
  9) Spectrum Brush Set: Because your makeup is just as good as the tools you use.
 10) Book L'Art de la Colour by Dior: Get new inspiration from the best makeup artists.

Not found what you are looking for here? Have a look at my gifts for the home guide.

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Lovely Giveaway: Philips StraightCare Advanced

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Are you ready for another giveaway? I think you are! Today I have the new Philips StraightCare Advanced Vivid Ends Straightener waiting for you.

When people describe typical attributes of my style, my sleek pink hair is always one of the first things they mention. Besides dye and a lot of hairspray, one thing I couldn't live without is a good hair straightener. If you haven't got one yet, this one might be a game changer, especially if your hair is a little bit curly by nature just as mine.

The Philips StraightCare Advanced needs only 30 seconds to warm up and makes your hair sleek in a gentle way with its ultra smooth ceramic plates. Philips promises up to 95% split-free ends, which makes it a great friend for your daily looks.

How to win
Just follow the options in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to all residents of Switzerland (or other countries that share the same plugs ;-) ) and ends on the 27th December 2016.

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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Lovely Gift Ideas: Home

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Christmas is coming closer, and I was looking forward to giving you some inspiration for gifts for yourself or your friends. Let's start with gift ideas for the home, because during the cold season home is the best place on earth and even better with a few little new additions.

 1) Scented Candle: Cause every home needs luxury candles, and Fornasetti's are the best.
 2) Copper Pineapple: We all love pineapples and cocktails, more questions?
 3) Pink & Black Cotton Blanket: The lovely artist-designed blanket will keep you warm.
 4) Iridescent Vase: This Tom Dixon vase makes your flowers even prettier.
 5) Copper Cocktail Glasses: To go with the copper pineapple and designed by Tom Dixon.
 6) Fluffy Hot Water Bottle: Every girl is craving for warmth and fluff during winter.
 7) Tray with Hands: You are right on trend with choosing hyped label Toiletpaper.
 8) Missoni Bath Mat: Forget boring mats and upgrades your bathroom in a single stroke.
 9) Lalique Vanille Diffuser: Because girls are crazy for vanilla on the skin and in home.
10) Pineapple Lamp: If you really wanna spoil somebody, House of Hackney is the best answer.

Haven't you found your perfect gift yet? Stay tuned for more ideas coming soon.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Lovely Giveaway: "I Love Crafty" Pin Set

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Christmas is the time of gifts like no other time of the year. To get that Secret Santa feeling, I prepared a lot of giveaways for you and today we start with one of my favourites: Enamel pins have been my great addiction this year and therefore I thought you might be delighted having this magical pin lover gift box from independent British label "I Love Crafty" under your tree.

The box contains a mermaid pink shell pin, a cat lady pin and a unicorn pin, all three a great addition (or start) to any pin collection. Isn't this set just utterly darling? Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below to make your pink dreams come true or shop the box set here as a gift for your cute friends (or for your own).

The giveaway is open worldwide and ends on the 22nd of December 2016, midnight CET. Good luck and a happy pre-Christmas season!

How to win
Follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below and:
– Leave a blog comment
– Visit "Sara is in Love with:" on Facebook

Have a look at the extra options in the Rafflecopter for bonus entries.

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